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To find additional information on this government-sponsored initiative, please see: https://www.covidtests.gov
To find additional information or resources on COVID-19, please see:
To find additional information from your state or local health departments regarding COVID-19 testing, please see: CDC State & Territorial Health Department Websites
For those unable to order online, you may search for other free COVID-19 testing sites at: HHS COVID-19 Testing
If you do not have access to the internet and need to place an order by phone: You can call the covidtests.gov test kit order fulfillment helpline at:
1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).
To find the shelf-life expiration dates of the Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests, please see: List of Authorized At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests (fda.gov)
Beginning 7/12/22, people who are blind or have low vision can place up to 2 orders of more accessible, Free At-Home COVID-19 tests.

Each order now ships in a carton and includes 12 rapid antigen COVID-19 tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or low vision

  • If you placed only one order of the more accessible tests previously, you can place two orders, for a total of 24 tests.
  • If you did not place an order of the more accessible tests previously, then you can place two orders, for a total of 24 tests.
To place an order for tests specifically designed for people who are or have low vision:

These tests are specifically designed for blind or low vision users. Tests will require you to use a compatible, Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as download and install an app from the App Store or Google Play store.

Blind and low vision customers ordering via https://special.usps.com/testkits/accessible will be allowed to place an order of these specially designed tests, even if you have previously placed up to 3 orders of the regular free at-home COVID-19 tests.

If out of stock of free, more accessible at-home COVID-19 tests for people who are blind or have low vision (as indicated by https://special.usps.com/testkits/accessible): The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has more resources to assist you with COVID-19 testing.

The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) can provide additional assistance and is available to specifically help people with disabilities place their orders.

 

💉 💲 COVID-19 Funeral AssistanceLine Number ☎️ 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585. Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. For more information about this assistance, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.govGet answers to frequently asked questions about the application process on FEMA’s Funeral Assistance FAQ page. Watch the video, Providing Financial Assistance for COVID-19-related Funeral Expenses or share this flyer. 

The CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the United States. Infections with the strain of monkeypox virus identified in this outbreak are rarely fatal.  However, people with weakened immune systems, children under 8 years of age, people with a history of eczema, and people who are pregnant or breastfeeding may be more likely to get seriously ill from monkeypox. Here are some resources to learn more:

This is the main monkeypox page on CDC’s website. This page includes links to many important resources related to monkeypox, including preventionsigns and symptoms, and resources.

This page provides information on how partners can help with messaging to specific communities and channels to increase awareness of monkeypox, while reducing the chances of stigmatizing those who may have contact with the virus.

This page provides information on preventing monkeypox spread in congregate settings, including correctional and detention facilities, homeless shelters, group homes, dormitories at institutes of higher education, seasonal worker housing, residential substance use treatment facilities, and other similar settings.

This page provides several frequently asked questions and answers about monkeypox.

Want to Know more about Monkeypox?  The WHO EPI-WIN Webinar: How is Monkeypox spreading? What we know so far, was recorded and can be viewed on the EPI-WIN YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-t0AL4GoNJYJOOtt2UhvMg

Please share these resources widely within your networks and the communities you serve.

⭕⭕ Click here for the PEMA Daily Brief, which includes news of the weather, activations, and more from throughout the Commonwealth.

⭕⭕Ceena Jenkins, PA DHS, coordinates the PA Disaster Integration Task Force. They now publish News and Resources. You can access it here.  It also contains the link to the tool kit.

⭕⭕Christine Heyser, PA DHS, coordinates the PA Feeding Task Force. They now publish an UPDATE.  It also contains the link to the Feeding Task Force toolkit.

❗❗ The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is online. This easy-to-remember number is an important step to strengthening and transforming the crisis care continuum in the U.S. You can learn more at https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Mental-Health-In-PA/Pages/988.aspx. A poster is attached. Please feel free to distribute broadly. To help partners communicate about 988, SAMHSA has added downloadable print files for wallet cards, magnets, and posters to its 988 Partner Toolkit. The toolkit already includes multiple resources including logo and brand guidelines , key messages, frequently asked questions, fact sheets (English and Spanish), radio PSA scripts (English and Spanish), and more. Print materials will be available for ordering from the SAMHSA store later in July.  One of the most urgent needs involves staffing at crisis centers. Anyone interested in serving in these critical positions is encouraged to visit the 988 jobs web page.

 ❗❗ Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and one of the world’s most pressing health challenges. Mental Health Academy (MHA) is collaborating with the American Counseling Association (ACA), American Association of Suicidology (AAS), National Board for Certificate Counselors & Associates (NBCC) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) to present the 2022 Suicide Prevention Summit, August 19-31, 2022. The purpose of this Summit is to equip people with the most up-to-date, advanced knowledge and treatment options on suicide prevention. Over 3 days, you’ll have free access to all Summit sessions, live (via webinar). You will then have on-demand streaming access to video recordings (see registration form below for further details).

❗❗ Read the Mental Health First Aid Monthly Newsletter, featuring why it is important to incorporate principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) into your work

❗❗ The American Red Cross’ Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC) provides a multi-disciplinary approach to support individuals and families who have lost loved ones due to Covid-19.  The Integrated Care and Condolence Team at the VFAC consists of Disaster Mental Health, Disaster Spiritual Care, Disaster Health Services, and Recovery Caseworkers. The VFAC is a FREE service that can be reached by calling ☎️ 833-492-0094Learn more.

 ❗❗ The Center for Community Resources (CCR) is providing the 24/7 ‘Support and Referral Line’ that delivers the crisis counseling services to the citizens of Pennsylvania.  Residents can call ☎️ 1-855-284-2494 (TTY: 724-631-5600) to receive accessible, culturally competent and professional tele-crisis services.  Counselors will listen, assess the caller’s needs, triage, and provide appropriate referrals to community resources. The staff utilize a person-centered approach in the delivery of crisis counseling services and are trained to embrace the principals of trauma informed care to help create a supportive and safe environment.

❗❗ The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline, ☎️ 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The Disaster Distress Helpline also answers calls and texts related to infectious disease outbreaks (PDF | 165 KB), such as the Coronavirus pandemicincidents of community unrest, and other traumatic events. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call or text ☎️ 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Watch this video for more information.  Learn more.